Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Antwerp pilots barge ID system

March 9 - Effective March 1, Antwerp Port Authority has started the pilot phase of its Inland Automatic Identification System (AIS) for barges in the port area.

Use of AIS by barges will not become mandatory until January 1, 2012, but the port authority says that the pilot phase will make it possible for the industry to prepare for the full-scale introduction and to "fine-tune" the system.

AIS is part of the port's Barge Master Plan and automatically transmits information on the name, position, speed and direction of travel of the barge. Its implementation is aimed at enhancing safety within the port and permitting efficient vessel traffic management.

It will also help the port to manage berths more efficiently and optimise lock operations. A statement says that in the longer term it will be possible to monitor and direct traffic flows proactively from a barge coordination centre.

Belgium's Flemish government is promoting the system by granting subsidies for purchase and installation of the AIS equipment.

Heavy Lift | News

Challenges facing towage and offshore operators thumbnail image

Challenges facing towage and offshore operators

September 20 - Sandro Lipani, director chartering and operations for Malta-based Augustea Maritime Transportation, discusses some of the challenges of operating in the towage and offshore support sector.
Views: 205
Allseas wins decommissioning work thumbnail image

Allseas wins decommissioning work

September 20 - Allseas has been awarded a contract for the removal, transfer, load in and disposal of the Gyda platform in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.
Views: 125
Innovation overhauled thumbnail image

Innovation overhauled

September 20 - DEME’s offshore installation vessel Innovation has undergone a major refit at Damen’s Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam.
Views: 112
Sun shines with Chipolbrok thumbnail image

Sun shines with Chipolbrok

September 20 - Chipolbrok has delivered a range of heavy and oversized components using its vessel Chipolbrok Sun, including 56 wind turbine tower sections in Piteå, Sweden.
Views: 124

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.